PhD candidate at the Politecnico di Milano with experience in education, research and private practice in the Sultanate of Oman. His research is based on simulation driven design, multidisciplinary optimization and digital fabrication.
He is a graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering, specializing in structures. He then obtained a Master of Science in Architectural Engineering from the University of Sheffield, focusing on thermal comfort and natural ventilation.
Samir started his teaching career at the Higher College of Technology and was project coordinator in the winning team of the Eco House competition sponsored by the Research Council. Samir then went on to become the Head of Section of Civil and Architectural Engineering. He later became the Head of the Engineering Department and was a frequent jury panel member for other architectural institutes.
Samir has been working with Azri Architects, in Muscat, since 2010. He is now an Associate Architect at the firm and has been designing and managing various projects. He is also a strategic partner in the Middle East region for Claudio Modola Architectural Design Studio.
Samir is program co-director of IaaC GSS Muscat since 2017, where he promotes for a more integrated digital approach for the design and construction industry in the region.
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He finished his master degree at Portland State University. Then, he had a position of lecturer assistnt at the civil engineering department of Waist University. Due to outstanding performance, he was awarded a couple of scholarship such as HCED and MAECI. He participated in a number of conferences and published papers. He is curently pursing his Ph.D, degree at Politecnico di Milano in the field of the civil/stractural engineering and composite materials.
Durability of the Externally Bonded FRP under the effect of the Hygrothermal Environment
I am an architect who is more oriented towards technical and organizational parts of the discipline. I focus my studies to three aspects of the industry which are not widely covered in the traditional education of architecture. Those are: building information modelling (BIM); usage of algorithms in design; project management.
I have spent huge amount of extracurricular time for investigating these three topics and luckily had the chance to apply all the knowledge gained.
Shortly after starting a job in an architectural firm I became the BIM manager of the company. Later on I started a training course of BIM which after few cycles of expansion became the first authorized school of GRAPHISOFT company in the region of Caucasus. I have trained over 60 students and since then teaching is an inseparable part of my profession.
I have studied programming which enlarged the possibilities in the profession of architecture and brought new prospective to it. Now I’m highly skilled in using algorithms for solving architectural problems. This includes parametric design, simulation, optimization and much more.
Project management is still more in the phase of education by now. I have had some experience in leading small construction projects. Looking forward to deepening this aspect and obtaining PMP certification.
Characterization of Thermo-Acoustical Behavior of Temporary Constructions for Emergency and Assessment of Different Scenarios of non-Invasive and Reversible Thermo-Acoustical Use
Paolo Borlenghi is a Ph.D. candidate at ABC department, where he is developing a procedure based on model-updating for the real-time monitoring of civil engineering structures, with a particular focus on historical constructions and bridges. He holds a master’s degree in Building Engineering and Architecture from Politecnico di Milano and an advanced master in Structural Analysis of Historical Constructions (SAHC master), obtained as a joint degree from the University of Padua and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.
System Identification and Vibration-Based FE Model Updating of Civil Engineering Structures: a Structural Health Monitoring Perspective
Andrea Brambilla is an Architect, PhD Candidate at Politecnico di Milano, Department Architecture Built Environment Construction Engineering in Complex Construction field with a research about Innovative Tools for Healthcare Facilities Design, Planning and Management.
He is author of some publication in national and international Journals, speaker in national and International Conferences and mentioned in national and international Award about the relationship between built environment and health. Graduated in Architecture at Politecnico di Milano and Sustainable Architecture at Politecnico di Torino (Alta Scuola Politecnica) with honours, he has acquired experiences in healthcare architecture in a II level Specializing Master with the schools of Architecture and Medicine and in his activities as Consultant in Private and Public Hospital Management with Fondazione Politecnico di Milano and EY-Ernst&Young. He did several consultant activities for Architectural Offices in tenders for new Hospital Design. He is scientific secretariat of international conference of Design & Health and social media communication manager in postgraduate university master about Sport Infrastructures. He is teaching assistant at Politecnico di Milano in BsC, MsC and postgraduate courses in Technological Design, Healthcare Planning and Sport infrastructures. He is member of Cneto (Centro Nazionale Edilizia e Tecnica Ospedaliera) and European board member of the International Academy for Design & Health.
He is one of the finalists of the Gold Medal of Architecture 2018 T-Young Claudio De Albertis Award Triennale di Milano and member of the SustHealth team, one of the first-step finalists of the Switch2Product 2018 innovation challenge.
He is Representative of PhD 33rd cycle candidates at ABC Department and co-founder and executive board member of Italian PhD Valorization association (Comitato per la Valorizzazione del Dottorato di Ricerca).
He is active in several social and volunteering activities with kids, immigrants and disables, passionate about architecture, art and travels and married since June 2018.
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Measuring healthcare architecture. Definition of an EBD tool for Italian hospitals physical qualities assessment.
Angelo Savio Calabrese is a Building Engineer, researcher and PhD. candidate at Politecnico di Milano. He got his Master’s degree in Building and Architectural Engineering, with great honor, at University of Palermo, in Oct 2016. In Mar 2017 he got his License to Practice, and since then is enrolled in the Professional Association of Civil Engineers of Caltanissetta.
From Nov 2017 he is a PhD. candidate in the Doctoral Programme in Architecture, Built environment and Construction Engineering at Politecnico di Milano; his research is mainly focused on the study of the behavior of reinforced concrete and masonry elements, strengthened with fiber reinforced organic (FRP) and inorganic (FRCM) composites.
Since Sep 2018 he is Lecturer of the courses Structural Analysis and Advanced materials for structural rehabilitation of the MSc Program in Building and Architectural Engineering at POLIMI.
Bending and fatigue behavior of reinforced concrete and masonry elements, strengthened with FRCM materials
Elena Fioretto is a MSc Architect, devoted to Restoration and Conservation of Architectural Cultural Heritage. She spent her first three years of Bachelor Degree in Politecnico di Milano focusing her attention on the specific problem of conservation and restoration of Modern Movement Architecture, followed by Prof. Nora Lombardini. During her Master Degree she started to open her view to foreign countries, working for two years on the analysis of the city of Berlin, especially from the point of view of a critic interpretation of the history of the Island of Museums. She discussed her Master Degree “Project for a Scientific Library in Berlin” in the Museumsinsel (supervisor Prof. Arch. Stefan Vieths). In 2016 she started to collaborate with professor Lombardini with a research project about the problems of conservation and valorization in the Balkan area. She developed those themes to elaborate her Research Project, that, nowadays, can be considered the main topics of her PhD Research. Since 2016 she continually collaborates with Professor Nora Lombardini in a didactic activity in the courses of Restoration Fundaments, Preservation Studio, Interior Design and Preservation Studio, Thematic Studio.
Empire on the borders. A study for the protection and the enhancement of fragile structures of the Byzantine Commonwealth
I started my engineering studies at University of Bologna, with a bachelor’s in Civil Engineering. Since that time, I have been shaping my engineering knowledge particularly to include existing structures. In fact, my final thesis was about the reactivation works of the Roman aqueduct of Bologna. After that, I enrolled at the International Master’s Course in Civil Engineering at University of Bologna, which had projected me in an international environment. I spent the second year in Lisbon at Instituto Superior Técnico under the Erasmus plus program. In Lisbon, I also carried out the research for my master’s thesis. The topic was the seismic assessment of a Pombalino building, i.e. one of those buildings erected in Lisbon after the great earthquake of 1755. Then I received the communication that my application to the Erasmus mundus master in “Structural analysis of monuments and historical buildings” had been considered eligible. I attended the coursework at Technical University of Catalonia, Barcelona (Spain) and I carried out the dissertation at University of Minho, in Guimarães (Portugal) in collaboration with University of Perugia. The SAHC thesis concerns the long-term Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) of an historical tower in Perugia. In this way, I had the opportunity to study a vibration-based SHM system applied on a real structure. In November 2017, I started the PhD at Politecnico di Milano on the analysis of the value of SHM based on Bayesian methods.
Value of structural health monitoring for structures under seismic excitation
Giulia Grassi is an architectural engineer, PhD candidate at ABC Department, Politecnico di Milano. Her research investigates the application of 4D printing in architecture, focusing on hydrogels.
Giulia holds a Master of Science in Building Engineering and Architecture from the University of Pisa. She gained experience in computational design and digital fabrication through international collaborations. In 2014 she has been intern at Relational Urbanism (London) experimenting with generative algorithms of relational urban models and, in 2015, at Fab Lab Barcelona, learning and teaching digital fabrication tools and techniques.
From 2014 she is member and co-founder of 120g, a cultural association in Pisa, aiming to promote and stimulate a debate on the future of the architectural practice. In 2016 she worked at GS Engineering as a facade engineer for the cladding system of the Algiers El Djazaïr Mosque
4D printing of hydrogels. Definition of shape shifting mechanisms, design strategies and material behavior for adaptive skins
Mao Lin accomplished his master degree of Architecture at School of Architecture & Design, Southwest Jiaotong University, China in 2016. During the master program, he has focused on transformation of urban space built around the transport hub. He is also interested in the conservation of vernacular architecture and has already gained some experience on historical town conservation, so after he began his PhD program at Politecnico di Milano in 2017, he has worked on the topic of the rural settlements rehabilitation in Chengdu with his supervisor and the World Heritage Center of Southwest Jiaotong University.
Rural rehabilitation in chengdu: checking resilient planning under rural-urban continuum traditional structure
She finished her master degree in Art Design (Landscape and Architecture design) at Jiangnan University in 2017. During 2015 to 2016, she participated the Master Exchange Program and became a exchange student at Thomasmore university(KU Leuven), Mechelen (Belgium). During her Exchange Program, she conducted research on Culture and Service design. After she began her PhD program at Politecnico di Milano in 2017, she has worked on the topic of the conservation of Built Heritage and Culture tourism
Research on Conservation of Old Buildings Under the Background of Cultural Tourism
Emanuela Margione graduated at Politecnico di Milano in 2016 with a thesis entitled “Shenzhen. On the Danan hill, equipment for the U.A.B.B. exhibition and for leisure time” where through a first phase of historical analysis and historical interpretation of the context, she tried to understand the results of exponential growth as it happened in Shenzhen city, where economic policies have had direct effects on the settlement system. A case in point is that of dismantled industrial areas set to become completely residential / commercial districts. With regard to the architectural scale, in the southern headland of this "green corridor" and at the foot of Danan Hill, a new structure is planned to host the U.A.B.B. Biennale Exhibitions. In 2013, with Alessandra Laura Rossi Renier she won the photo contest, announced by Casabella and Politecnico di Milano, “Ca Brütta 1921.Giovanni Muzio opera prima”. In November 2017 with a thematic scholarship “Constructing place and community: the complementary relationship between architectural and urban design in towns and villages of the Pontine Marshes”, co-funded by MODSCAPES and the ABC Department of Politecnico di Milano, she started a PhD Course. During her first year of Ph.D. she started a tutoring activity for the Design Studio (Architectural design class 669323) following the work of master student. This activity is pursued even today with tutoring activities for the thematic Design Studio (Architectural Composition, class 662054).
Constructing place and Community: The complementary relationship between architectural and urban design in towns and villages of the Pontine Marshes.
Flavio Menici graduated at Politecnico di Milano in Architectural Design on April 26, 2017. Before the graduation, between October and December 2016, he spent his internship in Studio Spartaco, an architectural studio in Milan conducted by Arch. Marco Palmieri. He also took part in several design competitions. In addition to the activities related to the Ph.D. programm, he is also an assistant professor in the master course of Architectural Design Studio 2 held by professor Domenico Chizzoniti.
Rewriting architecture: Methodological Principles for Architectural Heritage Reconstruction
Siqi Miao is a first-year Ph.D. candidate, devoted to the Architectural Design, Urban Public Spaces, and History study in an urban regeneration area, especially in the waterfront. As she has a harbor and coastal engineer background, which help her un-derstand waterfront well.
Since her master’s degree in 2014, she found a particular interest in the relationship be-tween individuals and space, as well as the spatial atmosphere. Miao received her mas-ter’s degree in architecture design and theory from Shandong University, with a thesis “The Perception of Architecture: Study on the Architectural Experience” and published one paper “The origin and evolution of ancient Chinese cities and the concept of archi-tectural ethics”.
After the studies, she recognized the experience of people and the atmosphere of space are not only determined by physical spatial structure, but the social factors in between individuals which contain collective memory, and the identity of place. Thus, she decid-ed to deepen the social-spatial study in an urban design view, specifically in urban wa-terfront public spaces. She believes history is the basement in research those two as-pects and their interactions.
Study on the Life in Public Space in Waterfront
Elisa Panzera is an economist graduated from Bocconi University and currently dealing with topics related to economics and culture.
Since the very beginning of her studying experience she manifested a strong interest in both cultural and economic subjects choosing a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Management for Arts, Culture and Communication. The same passion and enthusiasm for such themes continued within the master’s degree program named Economics and Management: Public Administrations and International Institutions with a final dissertation regarding the European Capital of Culture program.
Once obtained her master’s degree she chose to undertake different working experiences. She collaborated with museums, cultural firms and different consultancy companies.
Before starting her PhD program, she collaborated in a research project at Politecnico di Milano related to the development of a macroeconomic regional growth model. After that, she also started to work as a teaching assistant for Urban and Regional Economics.
The regional socio-economic impact of cultural heritage
Master degree with honors in architecture at Polimi in july 2016 with a thesis entitled: “Close range photogrammetry: fisheye lenses for the survey of narrow spaces. Tests and experiments on the Milan’s cathedral”. Research fellow at the 3DSurveyGroup of ABC Department in 2017. Now PhD candidate in architecture, built environment and construction engineering enrolled in the XXXIII cycle, He own a scholarship entitled: “Image-based techniques for the 3D survey of complex environments in archaeology and cultural heritage. Development of low cost sensors for the automatic survey of indoor environments”. His field of expertise is advanced 3D survey techniques using imaging sensors and his research is focused on the development of both a device and a methodology to survey meandering narrow spaces in cultural heritage. He collaborated at the Milan’s cathedral Survey Project for the elevations’ orthophoto production and has been a member of the Leiden-Turin mission: Excavation in Saqqara 2018.
Fisheye image-based stereo multi-camera mobile mapping system to survey narrow and meandering spaces in cultural heritage.
Architect, I had my master’s degree in 2001. From 1998 I’ve been working in professional studios. From 2003 I have my own professional activity. I am Anab-IBN organic-building consultant and Milano’s court-appointed expert for buildings. Together with design and construction, I’ve been always involved in university research and teaching activities. Before my PhD program, I had research grants (Ateneo’s, MURST’s, PRIN’s, privates’) and I was adjunct professor for ICAR/12.
My professional and academic interests are related to sustainability, constructability and prefabrication. Since my degree I have been deepening the relations between academic and building worlds. I like contamination of sectors and the contact with production companies on one side and with students on the other.
Since 2015, with a group of teachers, professionals and companies, I have been working on Shipping Container Building, for designing a building system even suitable for Italian market, which is part of my PhD research project.
The project of resilient living. Adaptive and reactive technical and typological solutions for intelligent construction systems.
Since my Master Degree in 2013 she participated the survey research of “Involve-ment of Local People in Conservation Process of a Historic Site - A Case of Han Changan City” cooperation research of Norwegian University of Science and Technology / XAUTU. I participated various design and urban plan projects related to new intervention in historic area. In 2013, I am involved in “Conceptual Protect Planning of Shimao Site”;
In 2014, I participated “Interior design of Dadiwan site museum”; in 2015, I partici-pated “Archaeology Center for Gaojiaobu Ancient Town” and in 2016 “Conservation Master Plan for Sui-Tang Changan City”.
In 2016, I participated the activity “World Heritage Volunteers 2016-Together for Heritage” by UNESCO, published paper related to the conservation activity we did in Tong Village: “The Inheritance and Preservation of Traditional Building Skills in Tung Nationality Wooden Buildings.”
Memory of Antiquity and the Tradition of the Modern
I'm a ABC - 33° cycle Politecnico di Milano PhD student in "Technical facility management for hospital building though IoT and digitalization", by carrying a PhD research in "IoT-FM: an integrated approach inside healthcare facility management". All my studies are addressing in I.4.0 results and predictive maintenance practices an interesting connection point to better manage asset and service equipment for hospital buildings.
IoT-FM: An integrated approach inside healthcare facility management
Amra Salihbegovic is an architect and PhD Candidate at the Politecnico di Milano – Department of Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering. She completed her BArch and MArch at the Faculty of Architecture in Sarajevo. In addition to studying at the Barcelona School of Architecture ETSAB and conducting an internship at the Barcelona City Council - Department of Urban Planning, she participated at various international workshops and summer schools (ELISAVA, Porto School of Architecture and Technical University of Munich). Prior to the PhD Programme, she gained several years of experience as a Teaching Assistant at the Faculty of Architecture in Sarajevo – Department for Architectural Design, at studio courses as: Architectural Composition, Interiors and Design and Contemporary spatial concepts, design and prototype. Furthermore, she spent two months at the Institute for Design and Construction at the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning in Stuttgart as part of an Erasmus+ Mobility conducting teaching activities. She is co-author of several publications, as well as participant in organizing student workshops and conferences. Currently, she is carrying out research in the field of architectural design theory, investigating the complexity in architecture manifested throughout the interdependence of form and space.
Complexity in Architecture